Connect – Pastoral Care

The Pastoral Care Team 

The Pastoral Care Team offers listening, presence and spiritual support to fellow church members/families in need. We make calls and visits to private homes, hospitals, hospice sites and skilled nursing centers, and we share each visit with the team. Our team members give and receive input and support from the minister. We meet monthly for check-in, training, mutual support and to plan educational opportunities for the congregation. 

For Members of West Shore--What We Can Do:

  • We can visit you when you're ill;
  • We can sit with you or a family member through surgery or the surgery of a loved one;
  • We can try to connect you with community resources that may be able to assist you;
  • We can provide spiritual support, comfort and prayer;
  • We can listen and be a supportive caring presence during times of crisis or distress.
For ongoing pastoral care, contact Kathy Strawser, Chair of the Pastoral Care Team, at or 216-221-2830. For emergencies, contact a member of the West Shore staff during regular business hours, 9:00 – 5:00, at 440-333-2255; for emergencies outside of those hours, please contact Rev. Tricia Hart at
The details of your personal situation will not be shared outside the Pastoral Care Team and Ministry Team; however, both teams are required to communicate needs, requests, responses and concerns to one another.
Parish Nurse
West Shore is proud to have two Parish Nurses, Martie Travis and Barb Mishic, as part of our volunteer staff and as adjunct member of the Pastoral Care Team. On Sundays, they offer blood pressure screening, answer wellness questions and aid members with understanding their medications and doctors’ advice. They can be reached through the church office 440-333-2255.
UU've Got a Friend
UUGF is a network of West Shore members/neighbors, based on zip code, who agree to look out and care for one another by volunteering in short-term, “nuts and bolts” kinds of ways. This program is currently offered to church members who reside in Westlake, Lakewood and southern Lorain County; however, we hope members might expand the program to more communities. For more information, please contact the church office.

Elder Support Group
The West Shore Elder Support Group meets regularly on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.The primary purpose of the group is to maintain health and quality of life in order to remain independent and stay in our own homes.Members range in age from 60’s-90’s.Members support each other emotionally and help each other cope with problems of aging.(i.e. Health problems, Social isolation, Anxiety, Finding Resources)Members match up and help each other between sessions.(i.e. socialize, support one another, etc.) For more information contact Paul
Addiction Ministry
Our mission is to reduce the stigma of addiction.
The aim of our ministry is to create an atmosphere of openness and compassion for those who suffer from addiction, directly or indirectly.
By lifting the silence surrounding addictions, we seek to ease suffering and promote understanding and recovery. If you, or members of your family, have been touched by addiction, we want the church to be a safe place for you to talk about it.
We understand “addiction” in its broadest sense to include substance abuse and behavioral addictions, such as gambling, eating disorders, sex and love, pornography, indebtedness, the internet. One is addicted to a substance or behavior if one suffers serious negative consequences from its use and continues that use in spite of the consequences.
We understand the debilitating nature of addiction and its devastating effects on the physical, emotional, and spiritual lives of those who are affected.
Addiction is in part a spiritual disorder, and long-term recovery is in large part a spiritual process, involving reconnection to one’s true self, to others, and to one’s understanding of the transcendent. Such healing most often takes place in community.
Because Unitarian Universalists profess the inherent worth and dignity of every person, we believe our faith community is well-suited for this work.  The addiction ministry team meets the first Thursday of the month, at 2:00 p.m.  Click here to send a confidential email to the chair.